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Jan 29

Transfiguration Sunday (Year C)

cloud pillarExodus 34:29-35
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • Moses returns from meeting God face to…well…”face”.  As it turns out, the glory of God is so brilliant that Moses’ face literally shines from the encounter.  Since the people are afraid of Moses’ new “glow”, he decides to wear a veil – thus muting the impact of the glory of the Divine.
  • The veil is always removed when Moses meets with God.  Do we hide behind a veil when we meet with God?
  • You could use a variety of objects that glow in your worship display: glow sticks, glow-in-the-dark items (stickers, toys, etc), flashlights, candles, etc.
Psalm 99
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • This lesson is directly associated with the lesson in Exodus, so you may want to read both lessons.
  • Use a sheer fabric to create a “veil” in the front of your worship space.  As you read the scripture, have the people remove the veil.
  • It is possible that you – like me – are drawn to the phrase “we act with great boldness” in verse 12.  The motivation for our boldness: the hope we have in Christ.  You could illustrate a theme of “boldness” with a variety of “bold” items, including dark roast coffee or spicy salsa (or some other “bold” flavors/items).
  • Verse 3:18 says that we all see “the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror”.  Use mirrors – or giveaway small cosmetic mirrors – as a reminder of how we are to see the glory of God in our reflections and the reflections of others.
Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • This text offers us the narrative of the Transfiguration – the miracle of Christ’s “metamorphosis”, of sorts.  While Christ’s full glory is revealed on the Cross, the Apostles (Peter, James, and John) witness a brief glimpse of his glory while praying on the mountain with Jesus.
  • A cloud – or a “pillar of cloud” – appears in many of our lessons today, so you may want to create a “cloud” in your worship space as part of the decor.  While you can alway just make a paper cut-out or glue a bunch of cotton balls to some cardboard, it could be more dramatic to create a 3-dimensional cloud using balloons, paper-mache, and cotton batting/stuffing.
  • Of course, the second part of the text introduces us to a man with an only child (a son) who is possessed by a demon.  It turns out that the disciples are unable to cast out the demon (we are not clearly told why they can’t).  Only Christ – the only child (son) of God – is able to cast out the demon.

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